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Name of Quilt: Shadow Box
Size: 50″ X 50″ (Lap Size)
Fabrics Used: Kona Cotton Solids in Magenta, Pansy, Mulberry, Crocus, Petunia, and Violet
Binding: Oval Elements by Patricia Bravo in Amethyst
Designed, machine pieced and quilted by Wendy Robards
The Modern Quilt Guild is sponsoring quilt challenge contests throughout 2011. Their first challenge looked wonderful, but things were too hectic at the start of the year for me to think about joining in. So when they posted their second challenge for 2011 with a deadline of March 31st, I couldn’t resist. Here is what they wrote about Project Modern: Challenge 2:
Design and make a quilt that is monochromatic. Create interest, life and energy in a quilt by using tints, shades and tones of a single color.
The quilt had to be a minimum size of 45″ X 45″ and be a completely original design. It was much harder than I thought to design a monochromatic quilt. I found a Google image which became my inspiration – a building casting its shadow over a parking lot. This inspiration motivated me to choose various shades of plum to recreate the idea of dusky shadows. I decided to have common elements running horizontally and vertically through the blocks, and used various widths of sashing to give the quilt some variety and interest.
Because shadows often play tricks on our eyes, I decided to put little surprises (using a lighter fabric) in the sashing which include various sizes of rectangles and squares, and even a pinwheel.
The quilting was simple, straight lines following the vertical and horizontal lines of the quilt. I didn’t worry about making my lines completely straight, but allowed a bit of free form to them to replicate the movement of shadows. The back is pieced with a large pinwheel in the center and various width strips across the quilt.
What I like best about this quilt is its vibrancy and its strong lines.
I do not know how many people are entering the contest. Three winners will be announced on April 15th (and there are some awesome prizes including a Robert Kaufman Bounty of Basics box of Kona Solids – a box of 100 Kona solid fat quarters!). But, I didn’t enter this challenge because of the prizes – I wanted to do something new in quilting that I had never done before…and it was a whole lot of fun!